Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana appointed veteran Col. Cesar P. Pobre (Ret) as the new Acting President of the Veterans Federation of the Philippines (VFP) effective on 04 January 2021.
The appointment came following the passing of the former VFP President, World War II veteran and retired Sandiganbayan Justice, Manuel R. Pamaran on 15 December 2020. As of the time of writing, the oath taking of Col. Pobre is yet to take place due to the constraints brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. One of Col. Pobre’s first action as Acting President was to preside over the first meeting of the VFP Executive Board for CY 2021 on 8 January 2021.
A son of a Philippine Revolution and Philippine-American War veteran, Col. Pobre was born in Paoay, Ilocos Norte on 03 February 1927. He joined the profession of arms from 31 March 1948 to 13 August 1977. Much of his active military service was spent in the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) as a faculty member and the Dean of the Corps of Professors. He also worked in the civil government for a few years at the Batasang Pambansa as deputy Secretary-General and later, Sergeant-at-Arms.
He is a consultant/research fellow at the Office of Strategic and Special Studies and lecturer at the Command and General Staff Colleges of the AFP. He is a fellow of the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP) where he used to be the Vice President for Research and Studies. For several years, he also served as the President of the Philippine Historical Association (PHA).
Due to his scholarly research contributions, the Foundation Day of the Philippine Military Academy was traced back to its roots in the Academia Militar, which was established by the Filipino revolutionary leaders on 25 October 1898, and was no longer the Constabulary School set up by the American colonial authorities on 17 August 1905.
Among Col. Pobre’s writings are: “History of the Armed Forces of the Filipino People;” “The Resistance Movement in Northern Luzon: 1942-1945;” “History of Political Parties in Pakistan;” “In Assertion of Sovereignty: The 2000 Campaign Against the MILF, Vol 1;” “In Assertion of Sovereignty: The Peace Process, Vol 2;” “The Freedom Fighters of Northern Luzon: An Untold Story;” “Victory in Northern Luzon;” and “Filipinos in the Korean War”.
Prior to his appointment as the Acting president of VFP, he was an Executive Board Member and served as President for Affiliate Organizations of the Federation. He is also the President of the Cavaliers Association of Veterans, Inc.
The Veterans Federation of the Philippines, created under Republic Act No. 2640, serves as the umbrella organization of all Filipino veterans’ organizations. It aims to uphold the interest and general welfare of all veterans, their spouses and orphans. Through its member-organizations, the Federation also aims to perpetuate the veterans’ heroic deeds, foster patriotism and love of country among the citizenry especially the youth, and inculcate civic consciousness among all members.
A government-owned and controlled corporation (GOCC) attached to the Department of National Defense, the VFP is under the control and supervision of the Secretary of National Defense. Through the Federation, the DND aims to build an empowered Filipino veterans community.